Researchers in Europe have reported findings from a large cohort, where significant numbers of patients with DM-like symptoms do not have the known DMPK or CNBP repeat expansions. Considerable progress has been made in understanding the genetics and pathogenic mechanisms of DM. However, unknown factors (other mutations, modifier genes) very likely will be critical to models of disease onset and progression, as well as for development of impactful therapies. This latest report, valuable because of the large, carefully assessed cohort, suggests that MBNL1 variants, theoretically a potential cause of DM, exist but are rare and thus unlikely a major contributor to DM.
MDF and Wyck jointly announce the funding of two new research projects. The projects address critical gaps in research infrastructure and clinical trial readiness and will increase understanding of the progression of DM, and provide measures to evaluate disease progression and the efficacy of candidate therapeutics.
A new quality of life study found that some DM2 patients are impacted as severely as those with DM1. Read more on the findings here.
Dr. Guillaume Bassez and a large team in France and Canada recently published an analysis of gender and its impact on the DM1 phenotype. Read about their findings in this article.
Dr. Laurence Mignon, Director of Clinical Development at Ionis Pharmaceuticals in Carlsbad, CA, and Dr. Charles Thornton, neurologist and a principal investigator at the University of Rochester, reported on the status of the Phase I and Phase I/II clinical trials for IONIS-DMPKRx, a potential DM therapy, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Vancouver, BC last month.